CBS Sports Projects Mason Rudolph as No. 1 Overall Draft Pick

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Written by Kyle Boone

CBS Sports has pegged OSU quarterback Mason Rudolph to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft … to the Cleveland Browns.

Chris Trepasso, an NFL writer, had this to say about the Pokes’ veteran signal-caller and why he thinks coach Hue Jackson might be enamored with him.

The Browns have to take a quarterback at this juncture, right? I mean, even if Kevin Hogan plays well for the remainder of the season, he won’t be enough to stop Cleveland from addressing the most important position on the field. Rudolph is experienced, super productive, and is mature beyond his years passing from the pocket. Hue Jackson will be enamored with the Oklahoma State signal-caller. [CBS Sports]

You might remember the Browns also selected another OSU record-breaking QB when they drafted Brandon Weeden with the 22nd overall pick in 2012. His time with the Browns, however, was short-lived. And he’s since bounced around to Dallas, Houston, and Tennessee.

Rudolph has been difficult to project as an NFL prospect by some prognosticators, with some (like Trepasso) banking he goes No. 1, to others saying he could fall to the third round — and maybe lower.

Whoever selects Rudolph will be getting an experienced QB who has put up 10,000-plus yards passing during his OSU career. And while his flaws have been well-documented on the field, it’s hard to argue that his production and ability to toss it deep downfield won’t make him one of the top prospects at his position when the NFL comes calling.

  • Chris

    The Browns deserve Baker.

    • kspokesfan

      Baker deserves the Browns…

  • Okstate2011

    • Okstate2011

      But that No. 1 pick bonus is very nice.

    • This times a billion

  • Les Miles

    #1 picks don’t fumble the ball so easily and throws pick sixes at Texas Tech.

    • sean

      Les,

      Ever since you got fired, you are running low on blades of grass. You should head over the Gundy’s ranch and re-stock.

      • Les Miles

        Never said he wasn’t good. All I said was that #1 picks are more consistent in taking care of the ball.

        • TurboChevellePilot

          Like darnell from usc who has how many picks now?

          • Tbeezy

            9 INTs and 10 sacks.

            Darnold who is suppose to be the “mobile” QB has 7 rushing yards and Rudolph who is suppose to be the pocket passer has 61 rushing yards lol

    • John P Stover

      Jamarcus Russell from LSU was number 1 pick

    • austinpoke

      Again, the pick 6 was not Rudolph’s fault. It was a bad pass, obviously over the head of the receiver.
      However, it should have been an incomplete pass, as the defender was in front of the receiver. It’s either the coaches fault for calling a pass play with 2 receivers in the same area, or it’s the fault of the 2nd OSU receiver for wronging the wrong route and bringing his defender into the area where the pass was thrown.

      • Gumby

        Not correct. It was a flood, or sail route. Outside WR runs a go (deep) IR receiver runs an out (mid) and a back runs underneat (short). The QB is taught to read the route from short to long, taking who us open. Mason overthrew the IR on the out route, thus right into the underneath bracket of the deep route. QBs fault all the way.

        • austinpoke

          Then that’s a terrible play choice from the area of the field we were in, because the deep and mid receivers were on top of each other. I could see that play making sense if we were on our own 20, because the outside WR would be much deeper in the route and not as near the IR receiver running the out.
          Rudolph obviously overthrew the receiver, but even NFL QBs overthrow receivers from time to time. Usually overthrown passes away from the middle of the field are incomplete passes.

          • spokepokes

            It was a terrible pass. The play call was fine. The receiver was open. If he threw a good pass it may have been a TD.

          • austinpoke

            It was a terrible pass………no debate there, but that happens, even in the NFL.
            Doubtful it would have been a TD if completed, as the defender who intercepted the pass was right on top of the receiver and more than likely would have made the tackle prior to the receiver scoring.
            I guess the play call was fine if you like throwing into small windows of the field where there are multiple defenders.

          • Paul Bohannon

            And more often than not, when Rudolph threads the ball it is successful.

          • OSU Student

            Completely agree with spokepokes. The playcall was fine. McKleskey was wide open. And I think they knew he would be. If you watch James (the deep route) he makes no effort to get open. His sole job on that play was to pull the defense back far enough to give Jalen room. And it worked. Mason just overthrew him. He played a great game other then that pass, but that one play was 110% Mason’s fault.

        • OSU Student

          Exactly. And to draw it even further, I don’t even think it was a read. I agree that was the playcall, but if you watch James, he runs his deep route as if he knows the balls not coming his way. He makes no effort to get open, he’s basically just trying to get the DB’s back enough to clear up room. They knew the whole way who they wanted to throw to, mason just let it sail.

          • Gumby

            That play is good against man or zone. Against man you would typically go deep to Wash. Against zone the QBs read is to one of the under routes, cleared by the deep route. Wash understood this, thus he was trying to draw the bracket coverage his way. Mason just overthrew the IR.

          • OSU Student

            That’s what Im saying. Wash did his job, Mason just had a bad throw.

      • Joey Barber

        It was a pick 6 who cares!!!!
        Lifes a beach and we move on. HHHEEEELLLLLLLOOOO!
        Hell peeps i brick a free throw today.

    • Bob

      The pick 6 vs Tech was tipped by a WR and ball hit him in the hands. No Mason fault

      • Gumby

        Wrong

      • OSU Student

        Lol what??? No one tipped it. Is there only like 4 people on this blog who actually watched that game?

    • Gumby

      Pretty sure every QB that’s ever been drafted, first or last, has thrown picks, and fumbled snaps. But then again, your observation skills are somewhat limited.

    • Tbeezy

      Breaking news! Les Miles knows more than NFL scouts

  • Daniel Perreira

    Cleveland has fielded, I believe, 25 different QBs since 1999 now right? When will they learn that they need to actually put talent around a QB before he will be successful? I might actually puke if they draft Rudolph. That 1st overall signing bonus is nice, but it is nothing compared to the amount he could make at a decent team where he would have a shot at having an actual career for several years instead of just being another Cleveland QB lost in the black hole of the Brown’s QB carousel.

    • Scott

      Hogan will make 28 different starting qb’s in 18 years

  • Scott

    Brown’s need to stop wasting picks on qb and upgrade the rest of the offense first to give whoever they eventually bring in at QB a chance.

    • OSU Student

      They need a real straight shooter. Someone intellectually advanced, to go along with raw talent. Someone who can lead that team like no one else, with pure maturity and class. They need…

      Josh Gordon.

  • jt

    It would be great to see him go #1 but not to the graveyard of the NFL.

  • Chris Saxon

    Mason is an early second round guy at worst. He’s too big, too big an arm, and makes few mistakes. He’s Andrew Luck with a better mug. Plus his rushing numbers and pocket mobility have increased. Scouts are sandbagging because he will be high on the list. Brown’s however, will definitely pass. They will go defense again and wait for a QB to come through a trade or a later round.

    • Big Daddy

      100% agree on the sandbagging comment. Why would any scout give a media guy info that was going to hurt his teams chances on getting a QB they want ?

  • stepdaddy

    I am not surprised. After 4 years with MY he is the finished product! After all MY has already taut him all the NFL plays. Right Kyle Boone?
    All joking aside, I am happy for him. He is great kid and deserves the best. But I hope he does not end up at the Browns.

    • Marc Hensley

      The word is “taught”.
      Taut means tight rather than slack. The tightrope ought to be taut and not dangling down by the lion cage. It sounds like the word “taught” and means stretched tight, like a rope, muscles, or even nerves. It’s nice to have a taut body with tight muscles, but not so great to have a taut mind — tightly wound and tense.

      • Marc Hensley

        So coach glass may have made Rudolph taut, but it is MY’s job to have taught QB1 how to be successful.

        • stepdaddy

          Thank you for the correction.

    • spokepokes

      Wrong use of “taut” here

    • Kyle Boone

      I kinda think a late-first or early-second round grade makes sense. He’s got a strong arm but he’s going to be dinged for his intermediate passing/fumble woes as well as for the offense he runs. I would say the NFL shies away from spread guys but Jared Goff did go No. 1 last year …

      • Tbeezy

        Steelers or Cardinals would be ideal for me

        • Kyle Boone

          I would love to see him go to Arizona if they fix that offensive line. I wouldn’t be mad about the Steelers or even Giants.

          • Tbeezy

            He’s used to playing with a crap OL 🙂

      • stepdaddy

        In all seriousness it is 100% in Mason’s hands. If plays well in the two big games we have left. He will be top 10; if he doesn’t play well against OU and WSV he may drop to late first round. I think he is going to do well and will be a first round pick.

        • Kyle Boone

          Yep, think you’re absolutely right. Needs to have a late-season resurgence and a strong lead-up to the NFL draft to insert himself into first round conversation. Feels like at least one team will take a shot on him at some point regardless of his deficiencies, just because he plays QB.

          • stepdaddy

            Also, sorry for being a bigger d!ck than normal. I have been giving to you guys pretty hard lately. After we crush Baylor and start rolling again, I will dial it back a notch.

  • davids

    Zach Smith has NFL talent. In two years he will be a high draft pick.

  • Pokester

    I couldn’t wait to read the pessimistic comments after reading the story headline…

    • Kevin Keck

      People on this site need to quit nitpicking, we have a damn good football team and program!

      • spokepokes

        This has nothing to do with our football team or our program. It’s about how Mason will do in the NFL. People are debating the points made in the article in the comments section. Try and keep up.

        • OSU Student

          Fiery. I like it. You’re coming along.

  • OSU Student

    Mason isn’t a #1 overall pick. Sorry, guys. He’s just not. 2nd round would be a good spot for him to land.

    • Tbeezy

      I mean 2 NFL scouts projected him #1. I tend to think they know more that we do.

      If you’re picking a QB #1 who would you take over him?

      I’ve seen some really bad football from guys like Darnold, Rosen, & Allen.

      • OSU Student

        I said I wouldn’t take Mason #1 overall. I didn’t say I would take another QB #1. Mason may very well be the most draftable QB there is right now. Especially if he plays up to expectations the rest of the way. I just don’t see First pick scouts turning away from the Olivers and Barkleys and Fitzpatrick’s out there, and then drooling over mason.

        • Tbeezy

          You actually said “Mason isn’t a #1 overall pick” and two NFL counts said he was. You never said “I wouldn’t take him”

          And I just asked a question, which you kinda answered?

          QBs get picked over other positions all time. There’s no way Jared Goff was the best overall talent in the 2016 NFL draft but he plays the most important position so he was selected #1 overall. Same could happen for Mason he might be rated the #1 QB on the worst teams board and that team will probably need a QB.

          • OSU Student

            It is true that they take QB’s over other positions often, it’s just hard for me to see mason being this years top pick. For a number of reasons. First, he may have 2 people saying he could go #1, but there’s a large number of others that keep trying to slam Darnold and Rosen down everyone’s throat. I don’t think Rosen is great, but I think he’s a lot better than Darnold. I have never understood the Darnold hype. But, for some reason, every year one of these guys gets deems as a future NFL stud, with no real overwhelming college success, and gets selected high because of it and ends up sucking. Christian Hattenburg was an excellent example of this. Terrible in college. Irrelevant in the pros.

            My point is, it seems hype gets players drafted high moreso than skill. And although he has a couple of people talking about him, mason doesn’t have the hype that Darnold or Rosen have right now.

          • Tbeezy

            And some ppl were in on Josh Allen being the #1 pick and he isn’t even on anyone’s 1st round radar now and others had Mason as the 4th QB.

            My point is Mason is rising and the LA QBs will continue to fall. I also think Mason will impress in interviews. He has excellent accuracy and decision making which are great skills to have at the pro level.

            I wouldn’t take him #1 either but it’s not crazy to think he could get picked there if he’s evaluated as the #1 QB by the team picking #1 lets just pray it’s not the Browns.

  • Stuart Anderson

    Rudolph needs to pull an Eli Manning and make it known he will not play for Cleveland. That place is a Cowboy Killer and they never recover.

  • Erick

    I dont think the NFL has gone this deep into the season with three 0′ for teams. (49’ers, Browns, Giants). Now Rudolph to the Giants would be interesting…

  • Taylor

    Rudolph and Washington both to Arizona. You heard it here first.

  • Tbeezy

    If Mason gets picked #1 by the Browns I’m already working on looking at the team with my Brown sunglasses.

    1. Myles Garrett and Ogbah could be a force on the DL
    2. Corey Coleman might be good if he can stay healthy
    3. Everyone else stinks and I’m out of selling points. PLEASE don’t do this to us Cleveland.